Iraq Veteran Dies Night Before U of I Graduation

Paul W. Davidson III had just left a family dinner to get a haircut

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    An Iraq war veteran who was due to graduate from the University of Illinois this weekend died the night before commencement when his motorcycle was hit by a car.

    Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup says 30-year-old Paul W. Davidson III died at an Urbana hospital after a car struck his motorcycle at a busy intersection near campus. The driver was cited by police for failure to yield. Davidson was not wearing a helmet.

    Davidson's mother, Corrine Davidson, said he had just left a family dinner to get a haircut.

    University spokeswoman Robin Kaler said Paul Davidson was going to graduate with a degree in architecture.

    Family members said he served as a Marine combat engineer in Iraq in 2005. He was from Lemont.